majorshipper: (SW - Emperor's Hand)
Back home! Which I am happy for. It's nice to be back on my computer and be back in my own bed. Mum is too. Hotels are always exhausting. And since we switched back over to our first doctor from the last time she had cancer, it was like a complete breath of fresh air.

For those who haven't heard, another huge selling point for DW just went live. Namely, the ability to fully import a community from LJ to DW. Everything. As of right now, it's restricted to paid accounts and communities with less than 100k comments to prevent the queue from overloading and to ensure the system doesn't all crash from the overload, but they expect to be able to raise those limits in a couple weeks or so once traffic slows down.

Not gonna make any prognosis as to how this will effect fandom and LJ, but...well, you can draw your own conclusions.

In a DW related note, this entry on Technical Debt that [staff profile] denise wrote earlier this year is a fascinating look at what it took to get DW up and off the ground and why LJ has some of the problems it does (and, indirectly, because it was written before the new roll-out and commenting layout and why LJ had to completely recode their S1 layout to give us the new version). I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the difference between DW/LJ beyond the obvious as well as just because it's incredibly interesting from any point of view.

I've been reading a lot, pages and pages, of essays, how-to guides, explanations, and other kinds of informative stuff about DW, LJ, the differences, the pros for LJ and the cons for DW and vice versus, and I just have to say, wow. I feel a lot more informed about making a decision in the future at some point about leaving LJ for good. Don't worry; it isn't happening yet and probably won't for a while, but it's done a lot to explain why LJ is the way it is and how it works internally vs. how we see it working as users. Ditto with DW(which is, by nature, a lot more transparent, and therefore needs less external rationalization/explanations).
It all made my analytical geeky side so happy. Literally. I'm reading an essay on why the current advertising method isn't gonna work for social media for much longer.

For some lighter fare, Jibjab says adios to 2011!

~away~

Dec. 26th, 2011 11:24 pm
majorshipper: (SW - Emperor's Hand)
I'm going up with Mum for chemo tomorrow, so I'll probably be away from the computer 'till Thursday at the least. I'll try to get on my email on the phone, so that's the best way to get ahold of me if you need me for some reason.
See y'all when I get home! ♥

In other news, I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] scifi20in20 because I'm absolutely insane and of course I'll have plenty of time next month, what with starting the semester and going back to work and all my shows premiering. Ha. Hahaha. *facepalm*

I also went through and gave [livejournal.com profile] junerayne and [livejournal.com profile] thewalkincliche new layouts because I was getting bored with the old ones. And I updated my masterlist! And now I'm working on [livejournal.com profile] mydoctortennant's birthday pressie.
It feels strange to have time to do all that, lol.
majorshipper: (SPN - The apple pie life)
Hardly slept last night, and now I have a pounding headache that I know is only gonna get worse 'till I actually go to sleep. I even tried melatonin, to no avail.

Basically....ugggghhhhhh. I feel horrible. I don't want to get up and do anything, much less the things I need to do :/

I read a nice happy-ending-ey big bang from one of my favorite authors, but it only made me feel marginally better. Even [profile] cafe_de_labeill's fantastic artwork was unhelpful.

I was fine this morning; before it all hit me this afternoon, I was up at 830ish, me and mum watched four or five episodes of WC that she needed to catch up on. She's still in S2, but I think we can get her caught up before S3 starts again. We just chilled since the boys were gone and it was just me and her, and that was nice. But then the ickyness just hit me. And now the headache is throbbing in time with my pulse and I think my vision might be jittery. Ugh. At what point do these things cross over into migraine territory? The worst part is this is nothing compared to what I've had before, but I still feel like crap.

I hate being miserable this time of year. I'm grumpy and I don't want to talk to anyone IRL and I just want to curl up and lie still because that helps with the headache. But I can't because a) I need to do stuff, and b) that doesn't actually help; the only thing that helps is actually sleeping.

The only thing other than the bonding time me and mum had that's made me really happy in the past 24 hours is the fact that I painted my nails alternating red, blue and yellow. Not the right colors for the season, but I don't have green, so artistic primaries it was. It's ridic but it makes me feel better when I look at them, so thank God for simple pleasures and my ability to accept them.

Feel free to ignore this post, unless you have advice for handling headaches/migranes or want to commiserate(I like that word, apparently? Used it twice in the past couple of days. Word nerd alert!).
majorshipper: (➘ home of the best cookies ever)
You know that feeling when you're pushing and pushing to get through with something so you can get to the break...and then you realize you're just going to have to work and push through the break too?
Yeah, I'm at that point. Looking at my to-do list and how much of it has to be done before Christmas and NY and I'm kinda just reeling. I want to curl up in a corner and watch ridiculous movies and eat popcorn and candy canes for the rest of the year.
Egh. Life. Why you so...full?

In other news, thanks everyone for the well wishes for the benefit! It was good...not as well as we had hoped, and a lot of stuff in the auction went for a lot lower than we'd hoped, but, at least it was something. Trying to divy up what goes where is hard, though, since it's not enough to pay off all of one thing. Just one thing at a time, pretty much, just like always.

Me and the brother finally sat through and watched X-Men: First Class all the way through, finally. I've only got one remarks; yeah, tumblr was totally right, because it's basically one big gay epic Greek tragedy. Everything was sadness by the end. And Charles was kinda unrealistic and an idiot, but I won't get into that too much. Basically, it was good, but, pretty much only on the same level as the other X-Men movies. Certainly not comparable to the rest of the Marvel crop from recently.

Also, posted my [livejournal.com profile] sassy_minibang artwork! The author's gonna put up the main post to the site later(speaking of which, y'all should totally go check out the stories they've gotten. I've only had time to read, like, four of the fics, but they were fantastic), but I won't be around 'till tomorrow afternoon late, so I put mine up tonight. It's over here, for anyone interested!

I've also been working on a 2014 Dean/Cas mix., which has been a...difficult process, as anyone who's been around me during [livejournal.com profile] ontd_spnparty's FFAs can attest to my whining about it. But it's done! And now I have to wait to post it to avoid spamming my comm. But, I figured, hey, I've got people on my flist who'd probably be interested in a peek at it, so here's the covers, if you like;
under a cut because woah, they're pretty big )

ETA: Woah, LJ. Makeover much? First reaction; I DON'T LIKE ITTT GO BAAAACKK. As soon as there's a Stylish fix for it, I'm probably going back.

ETA2: Now I'm gonna go curl up with my printed up fic and work on my piece for [livejournal.com profile] erasureathon.

ETA3 aka last one I swear: They did fix the tags page! It's not, like, two inches wide anymore!
majorshipper: (✆ it's just a velociraptor ma'am)
So, working on an essay on The Great Gatsby. That's all well and fine, I actually enjoyed it, compared to some of the books I've had to read for school. I also love the themes addressed in the book that we have to write about. That's awesome, too, because everyone knows I love analyzing stuff. But for some reason, my brain doesn't want to write about how Gatsby's pursuit of the American Dream is the central theme of the novel. It wants to examine Nick's character and explore his story and his perfection of himself and how his pursuit of the American Dream colors how he sees the East vs. West and how his more traditional morals deteriorate over the length of time he spends surrounded by the empty decadence of Gatsby and Jordan and Daisy. And how he spends the entire book explaining and analyzing everyone else but we don't actually see much of Nick except where he reflects off of other characters. I keep circling back to Nick when it's supposed to be all about Gatsby. My brain sometimes.
My love for non-primary characters is once again my downfall.

/melodrama

In other, more interesting news, remember the Aerospace Scholars program I was applying to a couple weeks ago? Well, it looks like I got into it! I had really felt like I would, because I had some really strong essays and my rec letter was fantastic, but I always get nervous over stuff that I think's important.

I will be so happy when break starts, seriously. I've already got a list a mile long of things I want to do during my two weeks, only some of which will get done, I'm sure. Top of the list, though, is learning to drive in a practical manner from a real live human being. I feel like Sheldon, for goodness sake. And I don't want to wait for my neighbor to dislocate her shoulder before I actually get behind the wheel.

The food channel has been on for at least a couple hours every day lately. It's pretty much the only channel Mum likes, and if she likes it, that's good enough for me. At least it's not something where you run the risk of something bad coming on. It's just an endless parade of delicious looking food and soft lighting. I will say it's weird getting to watch shows live. The other night we watched Dirty Jobs as it aired. It was pretty mind-blowing. :P It's bizarre for someone who's never had cable and already doesn't watch hardly anything live anymore.

In case I don't post before the fundraiser Saturday, keep your fingers and toes crossed for us that it doesn't rain or sleet or boil the atmosphere or do something equally Texan and ridiculous during the concert. We're hoping for a decent turn-out of mostly well-off people, so hopefully it won't flop. It's gonna be crazy hectic for us, but I know it can be done. The one thing I'm not looking forward to is the 830am wake up, since my sleep schedule has been screwed to hell all week (Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] twisting_vine_x, for sending that over my way! :P) with a 4am-2pm sleep schedule. Oh well. I can rally on this! Maybe I can get to sleep earlier/wake up earlier tomorrow.
majorshipper: (➘ the best pet i ever lost)
→Ugh. LJ! You're not sending my notices, again! How am I supposed to know if any of my VERY IMPORTANT COMMENT THREADS are being updated?

→Got my christmas card from [livejournal.com profile] yappichick! 'S very pretty and thoughtful; thank you, bb! My brother got it and thought it was a birthday card, since I've been getting those pretty much all week, but I corrected him when I got up. I showed to it Mum, and she was quite enamored with it, especially when I explained that it was from a friend of mine from SGA, she was all "...wow, you guys must have met a long time ago!" (I neglected to mention that I even remember the old John/Teyla threads from GW that I lurked on and got to know everyone on long before I got LJ, because that was even longer ago).
Made me have a moment of "Holy smokes, I've been in fandom for a fourth of my life, pretty much." Which made me feel both old and young. And also kinda gave me the urge to go and delete anything from before 2008, because who really likes the random thoughts of a teenager? And the fanfic. Oh my god. I can't read any of that stuff. It scares me.

→I also can't believe I've only been on LJ for two years. It feels like so much longer, because of all the lurking I did long before I signed up. That, and the fact that I started on forums rather than LJ, and so I didn't get here 'till after I left forums. But really. The people I've gotten to know, the friends I've made, the ups and down that I've been through with y'all; the shows that I've found and loved and lost...
Basically; akl;dfghjgfijkl I LOVE EVERYONE.

→I really, really love Mission: Impossible 3. Me and the brother had a marathon of the three movies the other day, and I, of course, loved the movies, because I'm an action/adventure junkie with a love of spy movies. But my real great love for M:I3 isn't so much the typical stuff; my favorite thing was the direction and cinematography. For an action/thriller, it was gorgeously shot, IMHO. The colors were all rich in the right spots and washed out in all the right ones; the tones(blue and green and steel-gray vs. red and yellow and orange and brown) matched the actual tones of scenes, the camera was steady and locked-off when the tone called for it, and jittery and handheld when that was needed, too. It doesn't hurt that Tom Cruise was fantastic, either. The whole thing was just amazing, both in writing and directing. I think it helped cement JJ Abrams as one of my favorite directors, ever.
/fangirls

→Oh, something I got a kick out of; Stanford sent me a letter inviting me to apply for their High School Summer College. Basically it was along the lines of "You're smart, apparently, since you score high marks on standardized testing; would you like to come to school here next summer?"
On one hand, holy smokes, if I didn't have to think about anything else, I'd snap that sucker up in a heartbeat. But on the other hand, that's an eight-week program, which would keep me from doing my aerospace scholars program AND the summer seminar at the Academy. And I would have to find a way to get to Cali and some kind of arrangement to stay there. So basically, they got me all excited and then I realized it wouldn't be feasible. So I'm adding it to the stack of letters from places I'd like to go, like Embry-Riddle.
Responsible choices are so annoying.
majorshipper: (♕ we could have had it all princess)
So, RL update. I've been kinda absentee since Sunday. Long story short, Mum got sick again and I've been up here at the hospital with her since then. We're prolly gonna be here 'till next weekend, too. So I've got her laptop, but I'm really just chilling and watching netflix with her to keep us both happy. For those of you who do so, keep us in your prayers; she needs to get a count of at least 3 on her white blood cells before they'll let her go again, and it's at 1.7 right now. So we're definitely gonna be here through Thanksgiving. I'm going to maybe be home tonight, but I'm totally just gonna chill in front of the TV and unwind a little bit before coming back up to spend more time with her. But either way I'm gonna prolly be offline around here for a while; maybe 'till into next week. If you want to talk, you can always drop a comment or send me an email.

So that's what's happening with me. NGL, Tumblr's been seeing a lot of me the past couple days because it's so addictive easy(I helped motivate Tumblr's SPN fandom to get Jared to win the Portrait Mag contest!). In one way, her getting sick kinda fell on the best time possible, because I don't have school this week and I can spend all my time looking after her. On the other hand, I've got finals in a couple weeks, applications to work on for next year, GISHWHES, my mini big bang to finish, and a myriad of little stuff that needs to be done before the end of the year. But I'm still really glad that I get to be here for her. I'd much rather be here than her be alone. So, there's that.

And that's RL. Thankfully all the nurses here have been so incredibly nice to us both, it's amazing. And our doctor is an angel, literally. So there've definitely been upsides.


Moving into a much less serious note...because everyone knows I love a good meme, and I love my ships to a pretty unhealthy degree, so this is a nice win-win. Boo-yah. Snagged from my girl [livejournal.com profile] yappichick

1. Think of up to 20 ships you support. (DX ONLY TWENTY, NOT ENOUGHH)
2. List them using descriptions of the characters involved rather than their names.
3. Have your audience guess as many of the ships as they can.
4. Fandom hints will be given if asked in the comments.

some of these are so cheesy

I am not surprised at how fast everyone got these, ROTFL )
majorshipper: (➘ home of the best cookies ever)
How fast are y'all at typing? Are you more of a touch-typist or do you have to look at what you're doing or are you just more of a hunt-n-peck kinda person?

I've always assumed that people who use the internet competently(i.e. competent enough to have a functioning LJ, lol) are pretty good typists, but someone pointed out to me that a lot of people these days can't type without watching their hands.

Personally I type a good solid 60wpm on Mavis Beacon without looking, but I developed that from when I was a kid and I'd spend hours and hours goofing off with writing and playing with HTML while watching what I was doing, so as time passed, I just muscle-memorized which letters were which, and it's stuck.

Random factlet; my mum says she could type 90wpm on the old-fashioned typewriters back in the day(since she was a medical transcriptionist, this was kinda necessary), which has me bowing in awe, because while those typewriters are fun as heck to use, they're a lot harder than computer keyboards to deal with.


Also! I wrote 1500 words of possibly incoherent fic about Lisa stumbling into Sam and Dean's next hunt and walking away...unchanged. Because someone told me it needed to be written. Maybe I'm finally catching that writing disease where it becomes hard to write less than 500w? Lord knows it's about time.
(For those who don't know; back when I was doing a ton of stuff in Merlin fandom, I often bemoaned the fact that I couldn't seem to write anything over a thousand words to save my life)

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